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Cognate with Middle Low German herle, Low German harle, Saterland Frisian harrel ‎(hemp fibre).



harl ‎(plural harls)

  1. A fibre, especially a fibre of hemp or flax, or an individual fibre of a feather.
    • 1974, Guy Davenport, Tatlin!:
      She pushed her fingers under the cream lace, into the ginger harl of spun glass.
  2. A barb, or barbs, of a fine large feather, as of a peacock or ostrich, used in dressing artificial flies.
    • 1875, Angling, article in Encyclopædia Britannica, 9th Edition, Volume 2, page 44:
      Should it be desired, however, to run the hackle all over the body, it may be tied on along with the peacock's harls.


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harl ‎(third-person singular simple present harls, present participle harling, simple past and past participle harled)

  1. (transitive) To surface a building using a slurry of pebbles or stone chips which is then cured using a lime render.
    • 1996, Miles Glendinning, ‎Ranald MacInnes, & ‎Aonghus MacKechnie, A History of Scottish Architecture, ISBN 0748608494, page 361:
      The east side facade is of rubble, studded with small windows and mannered details, while the harled rear (south) wall forms, as completed, a towering, roughly symmetrical grouping.